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project. the mayors' offices but renewed focus into this. they are fully engaged in the process. i would invite your staff and others to come to the meeting. we had to fight our way into getting a seat on the council. we are always saying what are the deadlines, what is the schedule? what are the holdups at the police department? they have not been able to have a stable staffing of their chief information officer to make sure that the technology gets down to the stations. most of all the other departments are ready to go. we're waiting for the police to rollout because they have most of the data. there are some really hard- working people on the council. there is a renewed commitment from the mayor's office. the closer you get to the end, the harder it is. it is really important to be asking these questions.
>> many of us have been waiting and have been told we are going to get information about the status of the justice project and have not received it yet. i look forward to hearing more about this and hope that we can bring it to a conclusion soon. let's proceed to other speakers who i know will make brief comments on today's topic. >> i would like to welcome the chief of the probation department. >> good morning. i would like to discuss the focused efforts to improve the domestic violence related services since the initial audit in 2007. the adult probation department currently supervises 6667 probationers. the number one charge against
our probationers is spousal violence. that represents 41%, 195. the no. 2 offense is crimes against persons. that represents 37%. there are 459 probationers that are supervised by a unit with one supervisor and seven dedicated deputy probation officers. the actual probationers are 93% men and 7% women. that differs from the overall profile demographics of our probationers which are traditionally 83% men and 17% women. our domestic violence program focuses on batterer accountability and victim safety. significant progress has been made to improving the fidelity and effectiveness of our program
protocols, including the specialized domestic violence unit. we have an assigned court officer. the protocols have been updated. we have implemented a case risk and needs assessment. that is conducted on each probationer. we currently have -- oversee the batterer intervention certification program. we have announced outside visits to these intervention programs to ensure compliance. we have mandatory orientations for probationers. at the mandatory orientation, the probationer is referred to in intervention program. if the provision of fails to report, there is a motion to revoke. -- if the probation officials to report, there is a motion to revoke. one of the key things is to engage in the intervention
programs. we have collaborated with the court's, the public defender's office, the district attorney to improve reports to the court. cbo's were also involved in the effort. the frequency of the report is driven by the probationers behavior. the ongoing reports to the court help the court monitor the probationers client -- probationers' compliance. we receive ongoing feedback from the program. we include that in the progress report. staff have attended cultural competency related training. the use of the language lines and bilingual staff has improved our services to victims and the probationers. apd continues to work towards improving our practices and service. we've accomplished much but are not done yet. last month, we applied for another grant for domestic violence. this will help us reduce our overall caseload. that will improve the
supervision. my goal is to get more probation officers out into the field for field supervision. we are currently revising our field protocols. we are updating the batterer intervention audit protocol and tools. we will be moving from a case risk needs estimate to incorporate a secondary risk needs tool. that is the domestic violence severity in depth. that will prove our assessment of the probationers and the risk associated with them. we continue to work closely with the council and collaborate with the other justice partners. adult probation is adding relationships to the justice program. we are part of the technical hearings committee. we are also moving from our case risk and it needs to look to encompass tool. we anticipate that it will be 12 to 13 months to live with that.
that is contingent on the master implementation schedule. >> thank you very much for your presentation. we have a couple of representatives from the d.a.'s office, or at least one. good morning. >> i am the chief of the victim services division in the d.a.'s office. i wanted to go over a few of the things we have done with a safety audit implementation committee. we participated in the domestic violence cross training institute. we sent 57 staff members to the training. we had two staff members who assisted as trainers. in terms of the bridges to freedom language fluency project, we sent advocates to train city staff on domestic violence. the staff conducted the training in cantonese and spanish.
our office has significant language capabilities. we advocate to speak cantonese, mandarin, vietnamese, and spanish. we have more languages available. if the victims commend to the office and do not speak those languages, we make full use of the language line. in addition, we do our reach to underrepresented populations to make sure they are aware of our services. our office was recently granted a grant that focuses on limited english proficiency domestic violence victims. we have two advocates dedicated to that program. one speaks cantonese. one speaks spanish. we also have someone who focuses solely on limited english proficiency domestic violence victims. in terms of communication, we share all our rosters with other criminal justice agencies so they can reach advocates and prosecutors easily. we have created flow charts and other documents that explain the
criminal justice system to victims and other agencies so that they understand the terminology and how the system works. with strong connections with community providers and other agencies referred victims to victims services. it is a reciprocal agreement. we to refer our victims to these community based organizations as well. we also have a victim contact protocol. in terms of the complexity of risk, we have advocates who specialize in same-sex domestic violence cases and provide training to the office and other agencies. we also have advocates that specialize in working with monolingual populations. we have an additional private room that we made available after the audit so that victims can have privacy when meeting with prosecutors, police, and advocates. in fiscal year 2009 and 2010, a victims' services served 9821
domestic violence victims. jean roland is the managing attorney of the domestic violence unit. she will make some comments. >> one of the recommendations that was tabled was to not develop a protocol between the adult probation department and the d.a.'s office for handling motions to revoke hearings. is there a reason why that was tabled? >> that was because the d.a.'s office has a protocol for handling motions to revoke and so does apd. there was found was not a gap between the particles. if anything, there was some overlap. the d.a.'s office would file a motion to revoke an so would ap d. when one was discovered, the other could be taken off the calendar. >> ok, that is good. >> i am jean roland.
i wanted to discuss four areas where the district attorney's office has completed the audit implementation. the first is risk assessment. the district attorney's office assesses risk in terms of referring all victims whether the case is charged or not to victim services for support services and resources. in terms of languages and cultural competency, we have a grant for limited english proficient victims. we have one assistant district attorney dedicated to prosecuting all limited english proficient cases. those coming to the domestic violence response unit of the police departments. this prosecutor works closely
with feet dedicated dictum advocates who are bilingual in spanish and cantonese. i also want to include that in terms of our domestic violence unit alone, we have bilingual speakers in chinese, spanish, vietnamese, korean, arabic, and italian. we tried to bridge the language gaps. in terms of stoking stalki --ng , we're starting up the task force meetings. the next meeting for the task force is scheduled for this month. the purpose is to educate and to train about stalking. our office did implement a resource guide for victims published in 2009. in terms of stalking, the crimes are becoming more sophisticated. it does require more intensive
training and work for prosecutors. we've implemented a four-hour intends to domestic violence training for police officers. this training is something we have started at the stations. we have moved to training the officers within the later in life training or in conjunction with that. we're now doing a 20-hour training with the police department and training 500 police department -- officers in collaboration with adult protective services, a victims' services, and the police department. the intensive dv training that our office and the police department gives to officers is for first responders. the training started towards the end of 2009. in terms of trial statistics,
between january 2010 to june, it indicates that the intensive training for the first responder officers has a high rate of success. that shows we have taken 14 trials to verdict, with or without victims. with the help of the police department, we've had 12 convictions. in terms of the training we have done, it does show that the implementations have a high rate of success. >> thank you very much for your presentation. let me make one additional comment in responding to a couple of things it raised around language access and cultural competency. studies show that citywide, we've had a number of inconsistencies in the ability of departments to provide an
insurer language access. as part of the budget that the board recently approved, we have prioritized the specific add back related to translators that will be housed in the city administrator's office as a resource for other agencies to be used to help bolster the translation capabilities and language access of other departments. i wanted to mention that as a potential resource for the domestic violence community as you think about the ability of city agencies to provide cultural competency. do you have any other closing comments? >> i want to go back to the idea of what supervisors have in all of this. it really is budgetary. we appreciate making more resources available to language access. the last two successful trainings we conducted were only
made possible because a private grants. they were one-time private grants. with bridges to freedom, we trained frontline officers, social workers, 911 operators on basic chinese and spanish terms related to domestic violence. it was very popular and successful. we had everyone asking when the next one was one and -- was happening and when others could sign up. i hope that after today, you come away with a sense of the resources available to your constituents who come to you with these problems. please send them to our department or any of our partners in the project. there are quite a few resources available in san francisco. into very much. supervisor chiu: why don't we now open it up to public comment. if anyone wishes to speak to the
topic, please step up to the microphone. >> good morning. i am douglas yep. i am glad this item is being brought up. it has long been overlooked. i am sure everyone will appreciate what you have done. when i first looked at the item, i thought it was interesting there was only one supervisor as a sponsor. i thought was interesting why there were not more sponsors. i wanted to bring that item. i want to thank the commission on the status of women for their work. domestic violence happens every day, especially in these trying economic conditions. i would like to take this opportunity on the subject of the best violence. domestic violence to mention a
novel that is not been put forth in a certain way like i will do now. domestic violence involves a lot of psychological violence. the reason i believe this is because during my career at san francisco general hospital. i had to deal with many victims who when they talked about what happened at home also mentioned a concept that led me to figure out maybe they should have a term called psychological violence. the idea was for the proven in my head at general hospital -- further proven in my head at general hospital when i had two the workers of mine, both asian females, who were in my opinion and the opinion of others victims of psychological violence at work. even though both of them continued to work, i think they
have been scarred for life. i think it is really a shame that the two of them have not had their stories mentioned it to anyone at all. my attempts to speak to the commission on the situation was blunted because it was not within the jurisdiction. when i saw this item,, i think this is the proper and time to put on the public record that the concept of psychological violence even without domestic violence is something that should be checked out. the concept of psychological violence is something that i have to give credit to michael savage 4. he popularized the concept of psychological nudity. most people do not understand it. when you look into it, it is a novel idea. i think the courage to change is something that must be
supported. my final comment is that the courage to change also applies to -- [tone!] thank you. >> thank you. any other speakers? please line up. >> good morning. i am beverly upton, the executive director of the domestic violence consortium. i am also a chair on the mayor's family violence council. we're so proud of the work that has been done over the years, stemming from the tragic homicide in 2000. as i talked to my colleagues across the state, we are one of the few cities that have kept our commitment to keep domestic violence a priority. i was speaking with someone in the belly the other day. they said they have short initiatives after murder but and
it goes away. i have been thinking about our mayor and supervisors. most of them have not gone through the years where we used to have the average of 10 domestic violence homicides a year. we're down to two and it could happen any day. we never know if we will stay at around two. but we've seen significant reductions. when we see that in so many cities, we are not seeing the kind of priority that san francisco has kept with keeping domestic violence on the radar screen. it is the reason we should stay vigilant in making sure we get this mou in place. there will be a lot of shifting in leadership starting in november and over the next year or two. we want to make sure that the progress we have made over the years is left intact and that
the new leadership will serve not only as a model but a springboard to move forward to increase our progress. i want to thank everybody at the city level has been involved in this. they have really done a great job and stayed involved. we would like to see the mayor's office of criminal justice strengthened in the future. we hope to see that. the mayor, the board, the probation department, language axes, the d.a.'s office, the police department, and 911 have been instrumental in coming together in this model project. we're so pleased to see it and be a part of it. thank you. [tone!] it would be great to see justice made a part of the overall progress that the city is making. the doctor gave a great overview
of how justice is going. perhaps a representative from the board of supervisors from time to time or a hearing to make public the progress might be something that could accelerate this project. thank you so much. supervisor chiu: next speaker. >> my name is ken tyson on the audit committee. i wanted to speak to a couple of different issues. one is the justice issue. i also shared another investigation. it there were recommendations for change. the reason i bring it up is that we made progress back in. i started in 1990. from 1990 to 1994, we made some great progress.
unfortunately because there was no more pressure from the top and not enough pressure from the bottom, we kind of slipped back. six years later, we have the other tragic murder. i would urge the board of supervisors to apply pressure from the top. all too often, the city at the top levels, not just this mayor but others as well, they have dropped the ball. i was here 10 years ago in may when willie brown was the mayor at the time. he promised justice would be up and running at the end of december that year. we're now more than 10 years since then. not only do you need to keep the pressure on in whatever way you can do it, but make sure that
justice is actually implemented. that was one of the recommendations we made in october of 1991. that was from the chiron investigation. we need to realize the only languages we're talking about are not just chinese, cantonese, and a few other dialects of chinese. in this city, there are over 100 different languages spoken. my office every day takes 600 calls from clients. probably 200 of those are people who speak a language other than english. the city needs to make an effort on languages so that when those people call for help, they will get competent cultural texas as well. >> thank you for your comments. supervisor chiu: any final
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any other speakers? with that, public comments are closed. >> thank you, supervisor chiu. i want to say great work to everybody. i am curious about how we might be able to increase the demand and pressure about zeroing in on more bilingual access. when i looked at the numbers as the hearing was taking place about the san francisco police department, only 7% of the department is certified bilingual. that is based on our own studies. 7% compared to other cities that report their bilingual numbers. that was pretty low. if there is any effort that we might be able to do to stimulate that component of this
institutional frontline access, i would say that is important. on immigrant communities, especially communities where we see other nations are host to immigrant communities that have a different cultural way of life and dealing with family and domestic crises and how women are treated, it makes me wonder if there are any languages that we're not covering? are there any languages that might be of african dialect other than french? it is usually french or english as part of the universal languages. those are the secondary languages. are there any languages that we should be trying to 0 am on? supervisor mirkarimi: are there
any that might be dialects of the arab world? this is a significant increase of the population coming into the united states. there are sort of differences in how these issues are handled. >> and the director of the department of status of women. we could not agree more. language axises one of the top recommendations from the audit. we have pursued that in a very focused way. right now, we have the language line basically. we do not have trained personnel who come to the scene and can respond in any number of different languages. that is what we want to move toward. i remember when we first announced the donation from at&t and the ability of officers to have telephonic interpretation.
we said we really wanted officers who could respond in a variety of languages and not just the telephone. in response to that, we worked with the office of civic engagement to do the bridges to freedom language training. it was very interesting. the front-line staff really got something out of it. they felt like the city was investing in them for their language. i think there are ways to work with human resources and other departments to have better incentives for language training, to really encourage people to take advantage of additional language training. i do not have an answer on which languages we are missing. i think that would be a great audit survey. that would be in terms of what languages we need to have more research -- resources in. research -- resources in. supervisor chiu: as a final